Fire Damage Emergency Tips
What you can do until help arrives
Clean the firebox after each fire but retain a light layer of spent ashes to create a good based for the next fire. Remember, coals can remain hot for several days. When you remove them, immediately take them out of the house and store them in a fire-safe vessel. If you have a ceiling fan in the same room as your fireplace, run it clockwise on a low speed to redirect warm air from the ceiling into the living space.
- Don’t overload the fireplace with wood
- Use only clean, dry wood, cured for 8-12 months
- Build the fire slowly
- Never leave a lighted fireplace unattended
- Make sure fire is extinguished before going to sleep
- Remove dry spent ashes from fireplace & store outdoors in a fire-safe vessel
- Keep any flammable materials a safe distance from the fire
- Glass doors should be kept open when a fire is lit
- Keep a fire screen in front of fireplace
- Place a non-flammable rug in front of the fireplace
- Make sure your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are working
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What To Do After A Fire
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
What NOT To Do After A Fire
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.